Springfield College Dance Department
LOCATION: Springfield, MA
DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP: Sarah Zehnder
DTCB COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE: Sarah Zehnder
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BA
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, African and Ballet are all core technique classes
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The dance major and minor programs at Springfield College are challenging, dynamic, and consistently on the edge of contemporary trends in dance. They provide relevant coursework, internship opportunities at places such as the internationally recognized Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at local dance studios, and performances through the Repertory Touring Company. Scholarly opportunities with members of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), interdisciplinary work, and community engagement also provide students with rich experiences that expand their range of dance knowledge towards career preparation. With small class sizes, students enjoy strong, supportive, mentoring relationships with nationally recognized faculty as well as close relationships with other students.
Students also receive the exclusive benefits of networking and educational opportunities (master classes, performances, workshops) through the Springfield College partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Dance students become members of NDEO and can take advantage of opportunities to network with nationally recognized dance artists and educators, attend workshops, and present scholarly work at national conferences. In addition, students may audition for the Repertory Touring Company, work with internationally known guest artists, and perform and showcase choreography each year at the American College Dance Association regional conference.
The curriculum has successfully prepared students for employment as educators, choreographers, and performers as well as readied them for acceptance into graduate programs in dance or related fields. Career preparation is focused on pedagogy, performance, choreography, dance/movement therapy, and somatics. Students often combine their dance studies with other disciplines, such as psychology, business, art, physical therapy, and health sciences. Fieldwork and internships at nationally recognized institutions provide students with professional opportunities to grow and network with professionals in the field.